day 20

Every morning for the last few days we find dozens of little insect wings in front of our door. I think they are from male termites who loose the wings and then crawl around sometimes into the building where they die.

I had the unique opportunity to get an introduction into Zambian culture by a local pastor and his wife. he had three students for this lecture: Isabel, a German missionary in training, Ruth, a Canadian volunteer, and me.  Here are a few things i’ve learned:

Read more

day 18

Twice every week we have traditional Zambian food, consisting of Nshima (looks like mashed potatoes, but is made from corn) and various dishes of meat and vegetables. Typical vegetables are beans, spinach and aubergines of which they have a slightly different local variety.

We also eat a lot of locally grown fruits: mangos and bananas. The mangos here are bit different than the sort you get in European supermarkets. They are sweeter but more fibrous. Apart from that the food is sort of international english, but it still takes most newcomers a while to adjust to it. Most have stomach problems in the first weeks.

We have two children at our dorm who are HIV positive. Both have scars on their skin from previous injuries or infections.

Read more

first 2 weeks in Zambia

I have been here in Zambia for over 20 days now. 3 of them I was ill, but still there’s plenty to write about. Sadly I can’t upload any pictures yet, but they’ll come soon.
The Amano Christian School is a small school funded by donations from Europe and some companies. It has about 40 students, who are weekly or termly boarders plus another 40 odd students that come every day from the near vicinity.

Read more

First stop: Austria

I spent 2 weeks at my parent’s home in Austria over Christmas. The whole family was there. It was a miracle that everything to do with my move from the UK to Austria went as well as it did. On the day we left there was no other way out of the country apart from the car ferry: planes and trains were delayed and many got canceled. Heathrow was shut down for days because of the snow. Christmas and New Year happened in good family tradition with lots of Japanese style food.

Tomorrow we are heading towards Germany for the annual MK get together of the Liebenzell Mission, which is always a fun time. MK stands for missionary kids. They are a funny bunch who have grown up in different countries all over the world – wherever their parents were working at that time. Many find life in Europe a bit difficult.

In 5 days I will take off from Stuttgart to go to Lusaka, from where I’ll take another plane for a short trip to Ndola, where somebody will pick me up to go to my destination: Chingola.